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Three men arrested, two sought in fraud ring targeting 7-Eleven stores

Three people have been arrested and two others are sought in connection with a fraud ring following an investigation by 7-Eleven stores and the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force.

Marcell Horton, 30, Fremon Reaves, 29, and Jacques Houston, 20, were arrested Wednesday and booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of identity theft. Each is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The three are suspected of being part of a counterfeit credit card ring believed responsible for more the $230,000 of fraud at local 7-Eleven stores over the past several months, according to a task force news release.

Authorities said detectives recovered more than $4,000 in cash and money orders, several hundred dollars in recently purchased merchandise and several thousand dollars in Visa gifts cards. The suspects allegedly were using stolen credit card account numbers that detectives suspect were purchased on the black market overseas.

Detectives seek the public’s help in identifying two other suspects, shown in surveillance photos, who allegedly conducted fraudulent transactions and are believed to be part of the fraud ring.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’ Department High Tech Crimes Division at (916) 874-3198.